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1987-2014, We Have Come Full Circle: PM

Parliament will sit tomorrow in the very spot where the tragic cycle of instability that has scarred our nation began way back in May, 1987. This sitting has been described
05 Oct 2014 16:37
1987-2014, We Have Come Full Circle: PM
South Africa’s Neil Powell.

Parliament will sit tomorrow in the very spot where the tragic cycle of instability that has scarred our nation began way back in May, 1987.
This sitting has been described by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as a hugely symbolic occasion.
“When we gather in the refurbished chamber across the road, it will be a hugely symbolic occasion,” he said while opening the 2015 Budget Forum at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.
He said part of the reason why the Government moved Parliament back into Government Buildings was to bring history full circle.
”Where our previous brand of democracy was halted by gunmen on that fateful morning 27 years ago, we will meet again as representatives of the people chosen in the first genuine democratic election in Fiji’s history.”
He said they intended, as they gathered on Monday, to put a full stop to the years of wasted opportunities. They are embarking on a new era in which, through working together, they move the nation forward, to fulfill its promises and destiny.
Mr Bainimarama said his opponents in Parliament had been asked to work constructively with him to capitalise on the positive indicators.
“Whatever our differences, we must share a common vision of a better Fiji and we owe it to the Fijian people to work as hard as we possibly can in their interests and in the interests of our nation.”
He said they should work together to capitalise on the renewed confidence in Fiji that had acompanied both the election and their comprehensive reform programme over the past eight years.
Mr Bainimarama said he told the United Nations General Assembly last week that he intended to run an inclusive government. That is one in which the needs and concerns of every Fijian were taken into account when the Government formulates its policies.

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